Buying a Reinforced Travel Crate for Pet Air Travel

Hi PetRelocation,
 
I need to fly my dog to Maine but I can't afford to spend $600 or more on the "IATA #82" reinforced crate plus the flight cost. Is there a place I can rent the crate for this one way flight?

I bought a plastic flight crate and have been told by United airlines that I need a reinforced pet crate for the flight. I do not have the funds to buy the crate and the flight ticket. I need some suggestions.
 
He is not an aggressive dog.
 
Thanks,
Crystal
 
 
Hi Crystal,
 
Thank you for your question, we're sorry to hear about your troubles. Before we talk about crate options, we'd suggest double checking the regulations to make sure you actually need a reinforced crate meeting IATA container requirement #82.
 
According to United's website, a reinforced crate is needed for Pit Bull Terriers and other breeds sometimes classified as "aggressive" or who have strong jaws. You have mentioned that your dog is a Bull Terrier/Pointer mix, so unless he strongly resembles a Pit Bull or one of the other dogs on the list, you may be able to use a regular crate.
 
If not, unfortunately we don't know of any businesses that rent pet travel crates, however it may be possible to find a used one by searching eBay or Craigslist, etc. Here are some additional ideas for how to control the costs of a pet move.
 
Hopefully this is at least a little bit helpful! We know pet travel can be pretty stressful and would be happy to chat if you need some additional assistance (feel free to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our online consultation form if so).
 
If any of our readers have ideas for Crystal, feel free to share them in the comments!
 
 
Pet Travel Question Details:
 
Name: Crystal
From: Los Angeles CA
To: Portland, ME
Pet: Chase; Dog Bull Terrier/Pointer mix; 1 yr; 60 lbs
 

Author:

PetRelocation Team

Topic:

Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts

Pet:

Dogs

Country:

United States

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By Renee on April 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

Hi Im facing the same issue but we're moving out of the country from NH. Crystal, did you already purchase one? I don't live far from Portland and would be more than happy to purchase from you...We are leaving by 5/14/17...
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By Lizvette on May 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

Any luck with finding one? I am on the same mission. We are moving from Miami to Oregon and I can not afford one of those crates.
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By george on May 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Did you considered driving instead of flying. That is cheaper and not need to use a crate. I am about to move to Spain and I have a terrier mix so i am facing the same problem. Do you guys know if IATA requirements apply to every airline flying or just US airlines or flying in the US. Because I called Iberia and they did not specified any of these special reinforced crates requirement.
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on May 8, 2017 at 8:44 am

Hi George, you're right to check with the airline you're flying with. Most airlines operate with similar rules regarding travel crates, but it's worth double checking whether or not you'll need a reinforced crate for your terrier mix. Good luck with your trip and just let us know if we can assist!
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